Daily Archives: October 9, 2017

Nebraska project aims to improve land use efficiency

Nebraska project aims to improve land use efficiency

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln research team will investigate how to improve land use efficiency through the integration of livestock and crop production systems.

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‘Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.’ is back with millennials in mind

‘Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.’ is back with millennials in mind

Ag Daily

Twenty-five years after establishing one of the nation’s most iconic food brands, “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” is back to reintroduce the brand to a new generation of consumers. The campaign launches Oct. 9 with digital advertising and a new digital platform that  provides an interactive experience on all things beef, from cuts and cookery, to a robust collection of beef recipes to an inside look at the lives of the people who raise beef.

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Big supply and heavy carcasses— is there an end in sight?

Big supply and heavy carcasses— is there an end in sight?

Nevil Speer

Beef Magazine

September proved to be a solid month for cattle feeders. In the midst of supply headwinds, feedyard managers ratcheted prices higher the last half of the month. Sales just prior to and following Labor Day were mostly $104-105 per cwt. The market then began to get a little traction, bumping up to $106 in the middle of the month – and following through with even better prices around $108-109 to close out the final two weeks of the month

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SD Stockgrowers voice opposition to mandatory electronic ID proposal

SD Stockgrowers voice opposition to mandatory electronic ID proposal

Tri State Livestock News

SD Stockgrowers Association reaffirmed their opposition to a mandatory electronic identification requirement after USDA released their recommendations for an expanded program in Denver last week. The recommendations included a proposal requiring all breeding age cattle to carry an electronic identification tag within the next five years.

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Group opposes Oklahoma state checkoff fee

Group opposes Oklahoma state checkoff fee

Erica Shaffer

Meat and Poultry

The Organization for Competitive Markets is continuing to push back against checkoff fees with its latest complaint filed with the Office of the Inspector General of the US Dept. of Agriculture. The group alleges that the Oklahoma Beef Council and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association are improperly influencing a checkoff vote.

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How to Drive Cow and Calf Pairs

How to Drive Cow and Calf Pairs

Whit Hibbard


he primary problem when driving pairs is cows and calves getting separated, which often leads to runbacks, or at least to very unhappy, stressed out cattle and people. But it needn’t be that way. Cows and calves trail all over by themselves and don’t have runbacks, right? Have you ever seen a runback when humans weren’t around messing with them? So, that tells us that trailing out is natural to cattle—they already know how to do it—so think how nice it would be if we could stimulate that natural behavior.

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Calculated culling a must | Western Livestock Journal

Calculated culling a must | Western Livestock Journal

Dr. Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

Weaning time for commercial cow-calf operations means it’s time to make cow herd culling decisions. The proper marketing of these animals should be planned as cull cows represent a small but significant source of income for commercial producers.

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K-State Beef Cattle Institute appoints new research director

K-State Beef Cattle Institute appoints new research director

Stephanie Casanova

The Mercury

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University has announced the appointment of David Amrine as the new research director for its Beef Cattle Institute, or BCI, which was founded in 2007 to create a professional and educational connection with the beef cattle industry.

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Cow and bull beef audit shows continued progress

Cow and bull beef audit shows continued progress

Krissa Welshans


The beef industry first conducted a market cow and bull audit in 1994 to complement the National Beef Quality Audit program for fed steers and heifers. That report, conducted by Colorado State University, found that harvest cows and bulls were often not being marketed in a timely manner. Instead, producers showed a tendency to wait until the physical condition of cattle had deteriorated.

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Florida Ranchers Lose $238 Million to Irma

Florida Ranchers Lose $238 Million to Irma

Greg Henderson


Hurricane Irma cost Florida’s cattle ranchers $238 million. That’s based on preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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